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SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive (64GB)

Jul 01,2014 0 Comments

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive (64GB)

We live in a cloud-dominated world. Heck, many of the most popular services available today offer free storage, giving you every incentive to move beyond physical media—and all you have to do is sign up. But beyond simple storage needs, you can also stream music, movies and even games. So the benefits of living in the cloud—of always having your many gadgets connected—are obvious. But what if you lack an Internet connection? You’re pretty much out of luck.

There’s where devices like the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive come in.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive is simple: no matter where you are, it gives you access to media such as movies, photos and music, even when an Internet connection isn’t available. That’s especially handy on trips into areas with spotty wireless coverage—say, on a camping trip. By creating its own Wi-Fi network, up to eight people can connect to the device; up to five different HD movies can be streamed at once, meaning kids on a road trip can watch their own favorite Disney movie. Most mobile devices today offer plenty of storage—the majority of Android devices come with microSD expansion. But in the instance that you do run out of space (or don’t have an Internet connection), SanDisk’s media drive is the perfect little companion.

From a design standpoint, there’s not much to the SanDisk Media Drive; a simple pocket-sized puck enclosed in aluminum housing. It isn’t complicated, but it feels durable and looks quite nice for what it is. On the back of the device is a microUSB slot, and on the side an SDHC/SDXC memory card slot is also included (more on that later). Other than that there’s a simple power button on the front, along with three LED indicators for battery, Wi-Fi and Internet; green indicates sufficient battery; red indicates battery is below 10-percent; and blinking lights means it’s charging.

We used the 64GB model, which afforded us plenty of additional space to store movies, music and photos. And for photographers, that additional memory card slot is super handy, especially for quickly reviewing photos; if you have a computer with you, you can get those photos off of the Media Drive and also make edits, giving you a pretty handy workflow on-the-go. It’s little things like that that make these kind of ad-hoc Wi-Fi drives so great, and hugely convenient particularly on the road.

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